Coming into the game at 14-6-4, the Bruins have recently seen a rapid decline in form. They fell from the top of the league to a middle of the pack team, and continue dropping. The B’s are now very close to falling out of the playoff picture completely. On Saturday afternoon, Boston played face to the Rangers, a team who they have beaten 4 times out of 5.
The struggles did not take long to continue, as it was K’andre Miller grabbing the original lead for New York. Miller’s wrister from the top of the point straight off the draw found the Rangers ahead just three minutes in. Things would not get better for Boston. Anders Bjork picked up a high sticking penalty, while Jakud Zboril earned a trip just minutes later. It was an unsuccessful period to say the least.
The Bruins didn’t even make it six minutes into the second period before conceding again. Zibanejad pushed the puck across the crease, where Chris Kreider was standing wide open. He was able to beat Halak with ease. The period saw ultimate domination from the Rangers, and Zboril picked up his second penalty on the day in the process.
The final frame was where it really did all break down for Boston. Patrice Bergeron went to the box for interference to kick things off. Luckily, the Rangers power play unit was absolutely useless on the night, but the Bruins failed to use it to their advantage. So, it was Ryan Strome grabbing the penultimate goal on another cross crease pass. Panarin skidded the puck to the back post, where Halak was again beaten. The final goal came with four minutes left via Paul Buchnevich. Buchnevich stepped up in the slot and placed it in the top right corner for four.
The Bruins slip further and further, now sitting in fourth place in the East division. They really seem to be lacking a spark, as the Flyers are now three points away from pushing the B’s below the playoff line. Pittsburgh and Washington have now gained a firm lead over the Bruins, while the Islanders reign supreme above all. Boston is very much in need of four points in the back to back with the Penguins on Monday and Tuesday night.